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Roman de gare Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 23, 2008
I think I understand the alternative realities of the plot, and I concede the loose ends are tied up, sort of, but I didn't care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Stratton
The Australian
November 7, 2008
Red herrings abound and audience frustration sets in. It's a pity because the film looks good and the Gilbert Becaud songs on the soundtrack are easy on the ear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 25, 2008
The story's Hitchcockian plot loses steam quickly, though Pinon's salty presence keeps things from getting totally bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
April 24, 2008
Despite the superb acting and wonderfully sly dialogue, Roman de Gare can't tie all its bows neatly enough to be truly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
April 24, 2008
filmmaking for filmmaking's sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 21, 2008
The problem with Roman de Gare is that the tale grabs you more than the telling.
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire
April 22, 2008
Where's Agatha Christie when you need her?
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David Fear
Time Out
April 24, 2008
Though Lelouch has toned down his penchant for putting pretty pictures ahead of plot, there's still a nagging sense of disposability.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 13, 2008
Is it supposed to be funny, tragic or what? Even the characters don't seem too sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 6, 2008
Forty years after his breakout success as a filmmaker, Claude Lelouch makes something of a comeback with his playful and sexy whodunit, Roman de Gare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 24, 2008
Roman De Gare's neatest trick is [Dominique] Pinon's performance, which draws out a hitherto unseen leading-man allure.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 1, 2008
... about the creation of fiction, the way we spin lies together into a simulacrum of life - if there's any philosophical point of view beyond that it's that every narrative is necessarily an abridgment of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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James Berardinelli
April 22, 2008
The term 'Hitchcockian' has become overused in recent years, but here is a movie to which it deserves to be applied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ella Taylor
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 15, 2008
This goofy tale of self-emancipation, a love story made by a mature man wise to the possibilities of the improbable, is also a thriller with an unexpectedly dark edge.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 16, 2008
If you're willing to go along with it, as I was, then being manipulated -- or at least actively misled -- becomes a pleasure.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Lelouch's splintered narrative, mostly related in flashback, plays games with the characters without delivering much of a payoff.
Edward Douglas
April 23, 2008
[Lelouch] masterfully switches tone without missing a beat and has truly created a masterpiece that can only get better the more times it's watched.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 6, 2008
As fizzy and non-nutritive as a glass of sparkling wine, Roman de Gare is a crowd-pleasing blend of romance, farce and mystery that plays out a little like a Ruth Rendell mystery novel with Rendell herself as the chief suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2008
A diverting but cool suspense puzzler whose payoff proves to be smaller and more mundane than its twisty, fluid setup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
November 7, 2008
It's surprising, enthralling, intriguing, blackly droll, and a rattling good yarn.
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